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Cooking With Vinyl

Cook along with Becky from Cooking With Vinyl

St. Louis, Mo.

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

I've only been cooking for about 2 years. Before that, I could make spaghetti and box mac'n'cheese. I don't remember a particular recipe, but it was really about just wanting to spend time listening to vinyl records with my boyfriend. We both had collections and we would spend most evenings making dinner, drinking wine and talking music. It grew to be my favorite activity.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My kitchen is tiny and a mess. It's not well organized and there's no prep space. I can't wait to move!

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Experiment, experiment, experiment. My boyfriend and I spent one weekend doing our own "Chopped" challenge. We hit the grocery and bought each other six secret ingredients, including two proteins, and then we each had to use three each on an appetizer and an entree (he did the main course Friday, I did it Saturday) using those ingredients and whatever we had in the refrigerator and pantry. It was so much fun and challenged me to be creative. We couldn't use the Internet for help!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

My grandparents and brother, who've all passed away. I'd order pizza because I'd want to spend every second talking with them.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I am a runner and am training for another half marathon in October (it's probably my 6th or 7th). I'm a podcast junkie and listen to anything related to improving my business. My boyfriend and I like to binge watch shows on Netflix; we're currently on Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy. I love sports (I'm Packers owner and loyal Cardinals fan) and can't get enough of good craft beer.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I don't much because I just don't have time. Isn't that awful? I recently "met" (virtually) the woman behind and think her blog is beautiful. I also think the women at and are awesome because of how graciously they encourage others in the food blogging world.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Breaking Bad
San Francisco
Say Anything
Cook Book
The Internet
Italian and Mexican
Fresh herbs, produce from my own garden, cheese
Kitchen Gadget
My KitchenAid stand mixer is my best friend